UPDATE: Census resister found guilty

79-year-old Janet Chunin has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service

A 79-year-old woman has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service for failing to fill out her census.

Janet Churnin has been found guilty of violating the Statistics Act.

She had faced maximum penalties of $500 and a three-month jail sentence.

Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi says justice Cathy Mocha made a sympathetic decision but the right one.

"One that doesn't ignore the fact that at the end of the day this was a deliberate decision by [Churnin] not to fill out the census," Prutschi says.

The verdict comes a few months after 89-year-old Audrey Tobias was found not guilty for also resisting to fill out the mandatory form.

Prutschi says the two cases are factually the same, "other than the fact that we had two different judges hear these two cases and therefore two different results."

In Tobias' case, Prutschi says judge Ramez Khawly did some legal "gymnastics" because he thought cases like these are a waste of crown resources.

But in Churnin's case, he says Mocha took a more traditional approach.

"[She] said, look, I may not be thrilled and I may not consider this to be the most serious of offences, but it's clearly an offence and there has to be a punishment."

Churnin told reporters that she feels satisfied with the decision.

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  1. Jim posted on 01/22/2014 11:38 AM
    She broke the law. Why is she not going to jail?
    1. Angry Bill posted on 01/22/2014 03:36 PM
      @Jim I'll field that question. Because if everyone who broke the law went to jail, the only things you'd see outside of jail would be the odd tumbleweed blowing by.
  2. john posted on 01/22/2014 11:39 AM
    The head of census operations at Statistics Canada testified that Lockheed Martin had no access to the agency's data operation center or its census response database.

    WOW nice builshit to bad it dont work with me . thay made the program thay can write a back door into the system to gain access bill dos it with his OS . thats how NSA get in your computer . thx god for Linux .
  3. fran posted on 01/22/2014 08:50 PM
    SHAME SHAME SHAME! on that jugde for taking the last drop of blood from a 79 year old senior. And yet our young offenders get away with a lot worse offenses. SHAME SHAME SHAME on that jugde.
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